Announcing the Thesis Digitization Project

Over the years Pfau Library has received many requests to make past CSUSB master’s theses and projects available online. The number of downloads already recorded worldwide for CSUSB’s most current theses (2014-present) reflects this interest. The library supports Open Access to scholarly content wherever possible, and the addition of campus scholarship to ScholarWorks, the CSUSB institutional repository, is vital to increasing scholarly communication, while also showcasing our graduates’ intellectual endeavors.

This year, the library received initial funding through a VETI grant to begin scanning our collection of CSUSB theses for inclusion in ScholarWorks. With nearly 5,000 volumes to scan, this will be a multi-year project.

I hope to begin posting scanned theses by the end of this month, starting with the oldest volumes. The files will be scanned with OCR to make the text accessible to users with visual disabilities. For privacy, advisors’ signatures will be redacted before the files are posted. Based on our interpretation of the HathiTrust and Google Books copyright cases, the library considers that digitizing and indexing texts for accessibility constitutes a fair use, and for that reason we will not be seeking copyright permission from each individual author.

However, we are offering an “opt-out” form for thesis authors at the thesis digitization project web site. We have several options for limiting access: applying an embargo period—that is, making the file unavailable a specific time period of 6 months up to 3 years after posting; restricting availability to on-campus users only; or removing the file from the repository entirely, in which case the library will retain the digital copy in-house for archival purposes. (In keeping with current thesis practice, I will not post any past Creative Writing theses without the author’s express permission.)

Please help me spread the word to our past Master’s graduates!  Does your department communicate with your alums? Did you yourself graduate with a CSUSB Master’s degree, or do you have friends or family who did? Please let them know that they can opt out.

Alternatively, anyone who wants their thesis digitized as soon as possible can use the same form to request priority scanning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me: Stacy Magedanz,, (909) 537-5103.

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ScannxBook ScanCenterWe have invested in a very sophisticated, yet easy-to-operate, self-service ScannxBook ScanCenter which you may use for free.

Specially designed to make scanning from books easy (think textbooks on Course Reserves!), it also may be used to scan documents, etc.


  • It converts scanned images into either PDF, searchable PDF, Word, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG file formats automatically.
  • Send scanned files to: Smart Phone/Tablet, USB drive, Google Drive, printer (normal printing charges apply), or email.
  • Please limit scanning to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

The self-service Scannx Book ScanCenter is located on the first floor of the library in the Copy Machines room.

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Library Hours, Winter 2017

Welcome back! Pfau Library’s regular hours for Winter Quarter are now in effect:

Monday-Thursday 8 AM-11 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday 9 AM-2 PM
Sunday 1 PM-5 PM

PLEASE NOTE we are closed this weekend for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, Jan. 14-16.

We’re open later during midterms and finals. For additional details, check our Hours page.

Posted in Hours & Closures

Critical Info Literacy for GTAs Workshop

Meant for graduate teaching assistants working with lower division students, this one-hour workshop covers best practices for integrating critical information literacy into your courses, how to use the library website to find resources, and services available to both instructors and students.

  • Thursday, January 12th
  • Pfau Library-2005
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Gina Schlesselman-Tarango at

See you there!

Posted in Workshops

New Student Assistant Orientation!

We had our first-ever New Student Assistant Orientation today, where we welcomed 22 awesome new students to our library team! Students met the dean and the coordinators and learned about how our library works; they took a tour of 10 busy library departments, and they polished off pizza and cookies. Student Hau Tao (LIT) and student Sierra Diezel (LMMC) won the prize drawings and took home Christmas treats.

Special thanks to our Student Tour Guides: Keilan Banks (LIT), Karina Celis (LMMC), Eduardo Frias (CIRC), Gabby Garcia (LMMC), Priscilla Ortiz (ILL), and Dina Perez (Instruction). They planned and executed great tours!

Library Student Assistants Group Photo

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We Thank Our 2016 Library Ambassadors

A huge thanks to our inaugural cohort of Library Ambassadors! The ambassadors — all of whom are library student employees — visited USTD 100 classes, highlighting key resources and showing first-year students how to get research help.

We thank our Library Ambassadors for all of their hard work and for representing the Pfau Library amongst their peers!

Kaycee, Gabby, Dina, Jonathan

Left to right: Kaycee, Gabby, Dina, & Jonathan. Missing: Karina.

Posted in Library Services, Miscellaneous

Faculty Workshop: Demystifying Critical Information Literacy

In this workshop, we will highlight the main features of CIL and untangle common misconceptions about this type of literacy. Faculty who participated in the library’s critical information literacy award will share their experiences integrating CIL into their classes.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • 12:00 – 1:15 pm
  • Pfau Library, PL-5005M conference room

Faculty, please register in advance on our workshop calendar. Hope to see you there!

Posted in Workshops

Faculty Workshop: Using Zotero for Your Research

Zotero is a free, open-source, easy-to-use citation tool to help you collect, organize, and share your research sources. In addition, it automatically imports PDFs when possible, and it makes a bibliography in Word with a single click.
Zotero logo

Thursday, November 3, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Pfau Library, room PL-2005

Faculty, please register in advance on our workshop calendar. Hope to see you there!
Posted in Workshops

Two More Library Research for Freshmen Workshops this Quarter!

No worries if you couldn’t make it to the first Library Research for Freshmen workshop – there are two more!

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Both workshops are 4:00 – 4:50 pm and take place in room PL-2005.

Space is limited, so register for Freshman workshops now on our workshop calendar. Hope to see you there!

Posted in Workshops

Open Access Week, October 24 – 30

Did you know that October 24 – 30 is Open Access Week?

Celebrate by attending our Open Access & ScholarWorks workshop for faculty! Learn how you can contribute to the Open Access movement and expand the reach of your scholarship.

Explore works in 365 disciplines.

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • 12:00 – 1:15 pm
  • Pfau Library, PL-5005M conference room



Space is limited! Register for Open Access now on our workshop calendar.


Don’t forget to check out our Open Access table display on the first floor of the Pfau Library!

Posted in Did You Know?, Exhibits & Displays
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